Baseball has started. The first baseballs have been caught. Tickets are being purchased. And while scheduling your season, one date to put aside is July 19th. For the fourth time, this event will be occurring and this year, it will be at Nationals Park. The game starts at 7 PM, with gates opening at 4:30 and the Brewers are in town. After the game, the Nationals will be offering a post game concert, and myGameBalls will also have some events planned for members such as:
- The annual luncheon. We will be eating a quick, cheap lunch near the stadium. In past years, this luncheon has included door prizes such as promotional items and team apparel. At this time, shirts will be distributed as well and 2013 myGameBalls.com award winners will be presented with their prizes.
- The BallhawkFest Home Run Derby. Although some may claim that this is just a Rick Sporcic showcase (he hit 25 homers or so in last year’s event), the derby is fun for everybody. We are broken into teams and try to score as many points as possible over a seven inning span.
- The first “Ballhawk Skills Challenge”. I’m not quite sure what this is as we’ve never done it before so I’m just copying Alan Shuster’s e-mai into this “1) Ball retriever — Fastest time to retrieve 3 balls (balls placed on
ground while ballhawk stands on top of back row of bleachers)
2) Speed — 10 Cones laid out in a zig-zag pattern with a ball placed next
to each. Ballhawk will run down each ball and place in backpack. Fastest
3) Toss-Ups — Ballhawk runs down a line of 5 people wearing MLB Jerseys
and must use the player’s first name and “please” to get a toss-up.
Fastest time wins. Ballhawk can use a “cheat sheet”. (I’m hoping to use
Ben Weil’s massive jersey collection for this)
4) Snagging flies — Most flies snagged during the BallhawkFest HR Derby
wins (we’ll have to come up with some way to avoid people jumping in front
of each other and someone getting hurt)”
So, there you have it everyone. BallhawkFest 2014: Be There! For more information, you can ask me.
If you’d like to go, email firstname.lastname@example.org today. It’s free!*
If you’d like to be verified on myGameBalls, email email@example.com
*Except for transportation, game ticket, lunch, optional t-shirt and a small donation (under $10) for the field for our festivities.
And finally, the Phillies have a great new rewards program, which can be found at http://phanaticalrewards.com/s/x34k2
Happy 2014, everyone! On New Years, everybody makes resolutions so I figured I would post mine. Last year, I wrote this entry in March but, i have some stuff planned for that time so I figured New Years would be perfect. First off, I’m going to assess my goals from 2013 and see how I did.
I wanted to get 154 balls, or an average of seven in 22 games. I averaged a little over 8, but in 19 games so, I was one baseball under my goal, with 153. That’s a little disappointing.
I wanted 150 autographs, which I was convinced I could get for some reason. If you haven’t inferred this from my other entries, I DO NOT collect autographs and in fact, I try to avoid places where there will be autographs because it gets too crowded and lowers my chance to get baseballs. Needless to say, I failed at this goal miserably
I’m not quite sure how t approach this finally one. I said I wanted three commemorative baseballs, which depending on how you look at it, I did succeed in. I got 3 Mets 50th anniversary balls on September 21st, 2013. I didn’t make it clear on if they had to be different so I’m going to say, yes, I succeeded in this goal.
Go to 8 stadiums- If my plan goes correctly, this should work out. I will definitely be in Philadelphia and Trenton and there is a 90% chance I’m going to Oriole Park, Nationals Park, Citi Field, Coca Cola Park, Coca Cola Field and First Energy Park
Average 8 baseballs per game- This wasn’t a challenge for me last year so I would like to keep this average up to at least 8.
Snag 160 baseballs- I think I’ll be at 20 games next year so if the previous goal works, this one will too.
Two commemorative baseballs- I’m seeing the Cubs in Philadelphia and I’ll be in Baltimore for a few weekend so I’ll have a few chances to snag commemoratives. To clear up, they don’t have to be different stamps, just different baseballs.
15 autographs- This shouldn’t be too hard because if I happen to see a player signing, I’lll go for an autograph. I got 20 last year so I think this is fair.
Three game balls- 3rd out balls do not count, just fouls and home runs.
And with that, I leave you. Go out and enjoy 2014 everyone! Make the best of this new year.
Before I even start, I want to thank Nick Badders for giving me this idea/template for thanking everybody who was involved in my 2013. Without you all, this year would have not been nearly as good as it turned out to be.
Todd Tim and Kellan- Thank you for everything you all did this year. From sending me shirts and autographs, to being at games, you all were great. Although your competition may have cost me a few baseballs, it’s always great to be at games with you. Hopefully we can make plans once you get back from California.
The two ballhawks from Trenton whose names I don’t know- While I was kind of invading your territory for a lot of games, thank you for a) being okay with it and b) being welcoming and trying to help me get more baseballs. Hopefully we’ll get to meet up again next year.
Alan Shuster- You aren’t a competitive ballhawk seeing that you aren’t close to any stadiums but every year, you do a great job with BallhawkFest and maintaining myGameBalls.com. It was great to work with you and hopefully we will see each other in Washington.
Mateo Fischer- I’ve only met you once, but we had a really interesting conversation when we did meet. I really hope you end up succeeding with sports management.
There are so many other ballhawks that I didn’t mention so I am going to rapid fire them all now:
Thank you Rick Sporcic, Zack Hample, Quinn Imiola, Chris Hernandez, Rick Gold, Benny and Jenny Bang Bang, Alex Kopp, Grant Edrington (who wasn’t at BallhawkFest), Jeremy Evans, Max Pinsky and if I forgot anyone, I apologize.
Jesus Tiamo- Tiamo, you’re the best! Thank you for nine baseballs in 2013! Thank you for the autograph. Thank you for being great with all of the people at games and I can’t wait until April!
Deck McGuire and Jim Murphy- I would also like to thank the two of you sooooo much. It was great that you took time out of your days to help me with my blog and I hope to see you both in the Bigs soon.
Thank you to Luis Garcia, Rich Dubee, Rafael Betancourt, Mick Billmeyer, Pat Burgess, Jake Diekman, Cole Hamels, Marcus Hanley, Kenley Jansen, Jeff Karstens, Tom Koehler, Erik Kratz, Erik Langill, Dana Lavange, Jeff Manto, Vinny Mazaro, Josh Outman, Marcel Ozuna, Humberto Quintero, Anthony Recker, Ben Revere, Euclides Rojas, Mark Salas, Joe Savery, Blake Tekkotte, Bernie, Chris Withrow, Anthony Hewitt, Shane Brown, Tyler Austin, Bill Cook, Colby Shreve, Tom Signore, Francisco Arcia, Dellin Betances, Ray Burris, Orlando Castro, Caleb Cotham, Justin Dalles, Edgar Duran, Delvi Francisco, Maikel Franco, Tony Franklin, Adonis Garcia, Steve Getz, Jose Gonzalez, Larry Greene, Jordan Guth, Ryan Hafner, Troy Hanzawa, David Herndon, Kyle Hudson, Omar Javier, Merrill Kelly, Aaron Kurcz, Mike MacDougal, Kevin Mahoney, Nick Mahrley, Brett Marshall, Heiker Meneses, Jim Miller, JR Murphy, Zac Nuding, Kate Orme, Clint Robinson, Garabez Rosa, BJ Rosenberg, Seth Rosin, Scott Shuman, Matt Springer, Casey Stevenson, John Tolisano, Christian Vazquez, Kolbrin Vitek, Brian Ward and all the trainsers, groundskeppers and workers who gave me baseballs at games in 2013.
Front Office People
Bill Cook- If you don’t know who Bill is, just know that he is a great guy. I think that anyone who knows him can attest to this. He does a great job with public relations in Trenton.
John O’Connor- Although we met in November, I’m including you here because you were a great help with Phillies tickets. Hope we can meet again soon.
Kate Orme- The only (and therefore my favorite) Australian baseball person I know, Kate of PorkCenter was really nice and even gave me a baseball. She has already celebrated New Years in Sydney, Aus but Happy New Year, Kate!
Everyone On My Blog
Thank you readers. Without you, this entry wouldn’t be happening. In fact, this blog wouldn’t exist. It is because of you all that I even made this blog in the first place. I’ve met many of you and hope I can meet some more of you in 2014.
Happy 2014 everyone!
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,000 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 50 trips to carry that many people.
This was supposed to come out om Wednesday but here we are, ready for the final installment of Season in Review. This is probably my favorite one because of BallhawkFest and the fact that a majority of the games were MLB ones.
Speaking of BallhawkFest: Shameless plug time! It’s looking like BallhawkFest 2014 is going to be at Nationals Park (no dates or times or 100% confirmation that anything I’m saying is true, YET). We go to a game on a Saturday (probably with a 4pm start time) after a home run derby and luncheon. We will have details up in February probably. (myGameBalls.com).
August 3rd at Citizens Bank Park, myGameBalls.com presents BallhawkFest 2013. Phillies vs. Braves.
It was a 4 pm game so of course, we were parked at the stadium before 10 am. At 10, we had the Home Run Derby at FDR Park across the street from the Sports Complex. Rick Sprocic, who I’d say was the MVP looked like Josh Hamilton in the ’08 Derby the way he was crushing the ball out of the park, even coming close to hitting a civilian passing by. Since he was on my team, we got the win by a huge margin if I remember correctly. After that, we all walked back to the park and grabbed a lunch at McFadden’s, while having a raffle, at which I got a Darryl Strawberry shirsey (Thanks, T). We also distributed 2012 awards and BHF shirts. Finally, we honored Matt Hersl by signing a shirt and letter that were sent to his family. It ended at the perfect time, as we ended up just being the first people in the Ashburn Alley line. “Panic” struck after Zack Hample noticed that the cages weren’t set up so basically, there would be 15 people going after baseballs when there won’t be enough to go around. The Braves weren’t hitting so, the Phillies took the late time spot and with five minutes left in BP, I finally got on board, thankfully. I finished with my season low, two baseballs, but it didn’t matter because it was still a great day with a lot of friends. Oh, and Zack got a John Mayberry home run too.
August 4th at Arm and Hammer Park, Trenton Thunder vs. Baseballtown’s Reading Fightin Phils/ Fightins/ Weird hotdog logo thing.
After the buzz from BallhawkFest wore off, it was back to reality the next day at Arm and Hammer Park. Well, sort of. Rick and Julie from BallhawkFest were at the game, and Rick was up to his usual (I think?) antics, this time with the Delaware River. During the game, he jumped in it to go fetch Tuffy Gosewich’s homer. But, enough about him, I was breaking records. In this game, I broke the Trenton single game record with 14 baseballs which was pretty cool as well. And no, Rick didn’t bring the “Big Glove” with him.
August 17th at Citizens Bank Park. Phillies vs. Dodgers
Brian Wilson is one of those guys who you just love to hate. In 2010, he ended the Phillies hopes of a third straight World Series and started a whole Fear the Beard phenomenon, another example that sports love facial hair. (See 2013 Red Sox). This was a day after Charlie Manuel got fired, which I’m still not quite sure if I think that was the right mood or not so there was negativity in the air. Luis Garcia loved the Dame la pelota por favor stuff, just like he normally does and I had to beg, albeit jokingly, Kenley Jansen to even acknowledge me. But,
Wait for it,
Wait for it,
August 22nd at Citizens Bank Park. Phillies vs Rockies.
Listen to this,
13 fans are at the gate when the stadium opens up.
None of them actually enter the seating bowl at first.
The visitors have commemoratives with them (at least according to Maddie Landis).
You run out and look at the field, the beautiful green grass, the great brown dirt on the infield…
Wait a second…
You see the grass, but no dirt, only a white tarp.
YAY FOR WASTING TIME!
I needed five baseballs at this game because I started it at 295 and didn’t want #300 to come from Arm and Hammer Park, no offense to Eastern League fans. I knew I had to work creatively but there was no way to. Former Phillie Josh Outman started me off with a baseball and then an hour later (maybe it was a half hour, I don’t remember when the rest of the stadium opens for some reason), I got a second baseball from a player who oddly isn’t mentioned in my entry and around 6:30, I got my standard Tiamo. In the fifth or sixth inning, Erik Kratz gave me 299, which was followed by Tiamo saying something to both Kratz and I, which I didn’t hear but would imagine it was something along the lines of “You again?”. Pat Burgess threw me #300 but a kid ran in and intercepted it but an inning later, I redeemed and hit my second “multiple of 100″ milestone of the season. Without this, 300 would’ve been a Nic Turley tossup a week later.
August 29th at Arm and Hammer Park. Trenton Thunder vs. New Britain Rock Cats
This wasn’t a bad game, it just wasn’t a “Hey, let’s write 150 words about this game” kind of game. I got numerous homers, tossups and an umpire ball. The only “special” baseball was the umpire ball, as it turned out to be my final Eastern League baseball of the season. I almost got a bat knob but someone noticed it before me and therefore, got it before I did. That was disappointing, as my only game used bat was purchased, for some reason, that’s the one souvenir that’s alluded me in the last few years.
August 31st at Coca Cola Park. Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs vs. Scranton/ Wilkes Barre Railriders
Surprisingly enough, the “Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs” were the team with the shortest name, word wise at this game. I did get 11 baseballs (Fun fact that may be a trivia question for my contest possibly tonight, which I may have written in the June-July review, I have never been to a Minor League stadium that I don’t have the single game and overall record in on myGameBalls.com), however, the real highlight was getting to see former Thunder players. I wore a Thunder shirt and hat, which a lot of the players seemed to appreciate. Dellin Betances (A member of the 2011 Thunder rotation, who was 1-2 with Manny Banuelos and the two were known as the Killer B’s) didn’t even need prompt to throw me a ball and Adonis Garcia, Caleb Cotham and Caleb Cotham also obliged.
September 21st at Citizens Bank Park. Phillies vs. Mets
For some reason, whenever I’m with Todd, Tim and Kellan for a September game, it gets rained out. In 2012, it happened, and this year it happened again. However, there was batting practice this time. For some reason, maybe because someone blogged about it, I went into this game expecting commemorative baseballs and I was not disappointed. The Mets had 50th anniversary baseballs, one of which I’d gotten at July 4th 2012 at Citi Field but it was worn out looking. This year they were gems, and I got three, one from Eric Langill, one from Anthony Recker (Thanks, T) and one from the now- Braves Minor League Pitching Coordinator but at the time Phillies pitching coach, Rich Dubee. Fittingly, my last baseball from my last game of the season was from the one and only, Jesus Tiamo.
Philadelphia, I love you.
And that’s how it ends for now.
The contest page should be updated in a few minutes.
First off, Merry Christmas to all of those who celebrate.
June 1st at FirstEnergy Park
FirstEnergy Park is my favorite Minor League stadium. Is Lehigh Valley nicer? Probably but still, I love Lakewood. It is a great stadium ballhawking wise, with berms throughout the whole outfield, and a cross isle-y thing down both lines against the wall. So whenever I go there, batting practice on the left field berm is always great. For some reason, I only go once a year but that one time is always a success. In 2012, I left there with nine baseballs, the myGameBalls.com/minors record for the park. However, this year I would almost double that, putting on a 17 ball performance including 10 homers. The game itself didn’t produce any snags because I was going for home runs and foul balls down the line and neither of those things occurred, at least not where I was.
June 2nd at Citizens Bank Park
The first of two weekend doubleheaders concluded the next day in Philadelphia. It was one of those games where nothing goes wrong but it isn’t the best. The Brewers were incredibly stingy during their short BP, with no tossups so everything not from Jesus Tiamo (he gave me a ball when Cole Hamels was throwing a bullpen session), my only balls were from Lee Tunnell and Marcus Hanel. They were kind of cool though, because they had Sharpie streaks on the sweet spot, which I’ve never had on a ball before. The Brewers are one of the only teams to do that, I think.
June 22nd at Arm and Hammer Park
Trenton Thunder- I don’t like the Yankees, but I love their stadium. It seems sad how easy Arm and Hammer is. you walk a lap around the place and find three baseballs sitting there. It would be insane if the Delaware didn’t eat up 90% of the homers in right field, I’d be at 400 baseballs now. It was pretty crowded so only 1 out of 12 baseballs was a gamer but, I got this incredibly artsy shot during BP.
June 27th at Coca Cola Park
Lehigh Valley is another one of my favorite parks in the MiLB. This was my first time I’ve ever seen the place so I had no clue what to expect. As it turns out, my image was as far off as possible. I was under the impression that the field was on ground level, not dug in so that through the gate on the outside, you could see the stadium. This wasn’t the case, but, luckily, it worked out because we got in for BP and I got 10 baseballs, as well as free tickets to a future game because there was a rain out. More on that in the next entry.
July 6th at Arm and Hammer Park
In this game, I almost out snagged my age. (I’m pretty sure I did in August but I don’t feel like looking now). This was a more enjoyable Thunder game than normal because they were playing the Reading / Baseballtown Fightin Phils, who’s hat has a smiling hot dog on it, by the way. After the game, I met a lot of players such as David Buchanan and Jessie Biddle which was the highlight for me.
July 13th at Citizens Bank Park
This was genuinely a really nice game. I was really panicked because the gates opened a half hour late due to the fact that it was a double header. However, the Cook clan showed up and it was enjoyable. The game went to extras so we got to spend more time with them and they brought me a Jay Bruce shirt as well. I got six baseballs and I’m not quite sure how many Todd got but he might have hit double digits.
That’s all for today. Next up is August- September
You only get one guess per question and is has to be in the comments. More than one person can get each question.
1) Why did I get free tickets from the game in Lehigh Valley?
2) How many baseballs did I get in Lakewood?
3) Name three players I met on July 6th.
4) What family ballhawking trio was at July 13th’s game?
5) What was on the sweet spot of the Brewers’ baseballs?
6) What “artsy” shot did I take on June 22nd?
Hi and welcome to The Philadelphia Ballhawk 2013-14 Winter Challenge Giveaway. This contest is running until the first team’s pitchers and catchers report, on February 13th.
There will be one winner, who will get a choice of items that may be stadium giveaways or something along those lines. The winner will be the person whose name gets picked out of a hat, which I’m recording so I PROMISE I WON’T RIG IT. Maybe I’ll do a live stream
I’ll be keeping track of entries on a Keynote document, which I can forward to anyone who wants to see it.
Most entries will be earned by answering questions, although there may be some where you have to retweet or share a post.
Prompts will be posted here, on Twitter (@phiballhawk), Facebook (Harrison Tishler, it is not a page you like, you have to send a friend request in order to see everything) and Instagram (@htishler).
QUESTIONS WILL BE POSTED THROUGHOUT THE DAY, AT LEAST 3 TIMES DAILY
You can only guess once per question.
And finally, try to use the hashtag #PBWCG in all posts.
As a bonus, retweet this for a free entry:
There are some questions with no correct answers
I’m only posting unanswered questions here
68) Name the Minnesota Twins left fielder that Ben Revere was called up to replace in May of 2011.
69) Which Red Sox teammates hold the franchise record for most times hitting a home run in the same game?
70) What stadium is this?
71) Who is a member of the Phillies broadcast crew?
A) Chris Wheeler
B) Jim Jackson
C) Gary Matthews
D) Scott Graham
I started making this entry around 11:30 PM on a Sunday night and it was really, really terrible at first. So I decided to mess with the formatting a little bit. Instead of what I did last year (See 2012 Part 1, and no, there isn’t a part 2, part 1 was that bad), I decided I’d do something that goes game-by-game. Just a few snippets from the game, maybe a picture, just enough to give the feel of what happened.
This entry will be known as part one and the next installment will come out a day or two after this comes out (I don’t know which day because as I’m writing this, I have no clue how it’s going to turn out.
EDIT- This is actually becoming kind of lengthy now.
So; This is the new format
Now- You are reading the April- May entry
In two days- The June- July entry comes out
Finally, in four days, the August- September entry is released.
April 2nd at Arm and Hammer Park.
For the first time ever, the Trenton Thunder would be taking the field at Arm and Hammer, not Waterfront Park. It was an open house, something that they do each year where they have a batting practice and autograph session, which I skipped. I feel as if this was the perfect “game” to start off with because it was symbolic towards how the whole season would go Minor League wise: relatively little effort and a lot of success in a short amount of time. I think that only five baseballs were thrown to the crowd that day, and I got five baseballs so not counting the ballhawk who was outside of the stadium for homers, I dominated that game.
April 11th at Arm and Hammer Park.
I feel like this is the carbon copy for sooooooo many games in Trenton from last year.
A tossup from Tyler Austin, one from some unknown player who game me a ball at like, every game in the second half. Sub-par pictures taken from behind the dugout, basically the same stuff it always is.
April 25th at Citizens Bank Park.
Finally, the first time back home for 2013. This wasn’t the best game as we had to be at the stadium before 10 AM and there was no way that we’d see batting practice but we went because we got free tickets after a rainout from September 2012. Somehow though, tossups were bountiful seeing that the stadium was pretty empty and I ended up with five baseballs, including two from Tiamo (who should’t need an intro anymore.) And I’m pretty sure the Phillies lost too, so that’s that.
May 4th at Citizens Bank Park.
For the first time this season, we’d be at a game with the Cook family. And, to make it even better, there would be a batting practice this time! It started with a few tossups but in my opinion, the funniest moment was with Tom Koehler. I’m pretty sure he asked me if I could catch a ball and obviously, I can so I said yes. When he threw the ball from down the foul line, it proceeded to tip off of my glove and fly five rows back. I still ended up getting it but, I found that ironic. This game was very productive for all of the ballhawks in attendance. I finished with seven baseballs and the Cooks got 10. By the way, their 10th, thrown by Jesus Tiamo was their 400th baseball overall. I’m probably going to hit that mark around June (hopefully). And, we all got autographs from Tiamo.
May 11th at Arm and Hammer Park.
Yes, I know records and achievements are weakened when they come through MiLB games but this was the game where I got baseball 200 at. There was no BP, which translates to the fact that it was hell at first but once I got creative with my resources, it turned out pretty nice. And, I got two third out balls.
May 17th at Arm and Hammer Park.
For the final time in May, we were in Trenton but this game meant something to me because the Orioles are my AL team and the Thunder were playing the Bowie BaySox. The Oriole jersey I was wearing got me a third out ball, lineup card and tossups throughout the game. And as it turned out, this would be my last lineup card of the year.
May 28th at Fenway Park.
This is the final game that’ll be featured in this entry, which is fitting because it was the best, by far. For the first time ever, I was at pro baseball’s nicest stadium Fenway Park. We started off with the touristy stuff, walking a lap around the stadium and going to the Bleacher Bar for lunch while watching the players who were stretching early. We were the first in line at the Red Sox Nation gate and were the first in the bleachers. I’m proud to say that I have a BP home run from Fenway. I got tossups from Dana Lavange, Humberto Quintero, Cole Hamels and Ben Revere. It was a great experience to watch a game from the bleachers and even better to see the Phillies win.
Alright, the reason you all are probably reading this: contest time!
So, this is going to be a long contest, going until the first team starts pitchers and catchers, February 13th.
This contest will happen on:
Facebook- Harrison Tishler
At the end of the promotional period, I will draw a winner for some sort of Stadium Giveaway prize of your choice (I’ll give options).
For the first entry: Retweet my Tweet or share my Facebook post for this blog entry!
I’ll be keeping track of entries on a document which can be forwarded to anyone if they’d like.
For the first time since September 21st, we were back at Citizens Bank Park.
However, there would be no Todd, Tim and Kellan, batting practice or even players, for that matter. It was Black Friday and everyone was lined up outside of the Majestic Clubhouse Store.
We weren’t at the park to shop, though, instead, we were heading out to the playing field for the “Holiday Photo Opp/ Donuts in the Dugouts” event.
The way it worked was that they allowed you onto the warning track from the tarp in left all the way to the outfield end of the first base dugout, you had free range and could spend as much time there as you wanted.
We started off with this view of the stands from the visiting dugout.
This is the back bench of that dugout. Every top National League player was sitting on it in one point in the last year, and now, the fans were.
This is their bat rack, nothing too exciting.
And this is the back wall which is now my MacBook Air’s wallpaper.
And finally, a panoramic shot.
Back in the store, we went to buy tickets for 2014. They only had a few kiosks set up that weren’t capable of six packs so after asking a few people, we were in the closed off ticket office.
I’d like to take the time to thank John O’Connor for the tickets, as well as the bobblehead, shirt, fathead and bag. If you’re reading this, thank you so much and I’ll get back to you about the Mets tickets in February or whenever they come out.
As I’m writing this, there are 99 (98 in 58 minutes) days until Opening Day, and I’ve already got some Phillies tickets as well as plans to go to Trenton, Lakewood, Lehigh Valley, Reading, Baltimore, Washington and New York (the Mets).
I’m not quite sure what this Winter will bring but I know that I am doing some sort of season review entry this week which I started in October. Hopefully that will be out shortly.
Thanks for reading and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter (@phiballhawk).
This was it.
One final chance to snag for the year. Obviously, October wasn’t on my mind because I’m a Phillies fan and since there was about a 10% chance of me going to Oriole Park the following weekend, I assumed this would be my last game of the year. I wouldn’t be the only ballhawk at the game because Todd, Tim and Kellan would also be there. I gave them all free packs of BIGS Seeds and then played catch with Tim for fifteen minutes. After what seemed like ages, the gates were finally set to open up.
When the gates open up, most people go to straight- away left for some reason so, the area near the camera well was relitively empty. The center field group this year during batting practice included Luis Garcia, JC Ramirez, Cesar Jimenez and a few others. They weren’t letting any balls go to the warning track and unless something is on the warning track, they generally don’t throw up too many baseballs. However, when I asked in Spanish, he threw up a ball, putting me on the board.
The other empty spot during BP is the section right by the foul pole. It is normally empty and anything hit down the left field line rolls right up to that area. As long as you used please, it was almost a guarenteed tossup. Last year, Michael Schwimmer was out there and he wasn’t as nice but, this year, Joe Savery was very good for tossups. Here is my second baseball of the game.
For some reason, the stadium was really packed on that day, it was kind of like the playoff games that I was at in ’07 and the one I went to in ’11. Because of this, I was shut out for the rest of Phillies BP however, there is no reason to be mad because the baseballs from the Mets would prove to be awesome.
I went down the line because some Mets started warming up. I was taking pictures of the players and coaches but something stood out in one of the shots. See if you can find what I’m talking about. (Yes, I know that they’re circled.)
The Mets were using 50th anniversary balls from 2012. I had gotten one of them on July 4th, 2012 at Citi Field from Rickey Bones however, I was content to get a few more that day.
The coach who’s legs are visable in the above picture is Eric Langill so I said “Eric, do you by any chance have any of the 50th anniversary balls to spare please?’. Instead of getting one from the pile, he went into his equiptment bag and got me a fresh one, my third of the day.
The Mets pitchers all warmed up with commemoratives…
…however, I would have no luck over there.
But, I did get another commemorative, this one with a major assist from Todd.
Anthony Recker was shagging in left-center and we were all standing in the pizza wedge. Todd told me that it was Recker in left-center (he had a stupid pullover on… I’m going to go off topic for a moment, I know the players need the pullover for when it’s cold and I know it brings in money but from a ballhawking standpoint, I hate the pullovers so much.). We all asked Anthony for the ball however, I was the one who got it. Don’t worry though, Tim ended up getting a commemorative from Recker.
Shortly after I left the wedge during BP, Recker tried to throw the Cook’s a ball that went into the bullpen (as I mentioned earlier, he eventually got then one). When Rich Dubee (who is no longer the pitching coach) came out, fifteen or so people were ready to ask him for it.
What the others made the mistake of is that they waited until Dubee got into the bullpen to ask for the ball. When he was still on the field. I asked him for the ball and told him where it was. When he went into the bullpen, he ignored the others and gave me my third commemorative of the game.
However, the moment everyone was waiting for, JESUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I know that Ruben is probably going to clean house this winter but, I think it would be a real shame if they got rid of Tiamo. It isn’t just me and the Cooks. For fifteen minutes, people were non stop going over to the bullpen and waving or saying hi and he would wave back or start a conversation. Jesus was probably the only bright spot of this season for the Phillies and it would be a real shame if Ruben made another stupid move.
Anyway, you know the procidure, here is my sixth ball of the game and my 153rd of the season, my 325th overall.
I had front row, seat one of the wedge.
However, we went into a rain delay.
There were puddles on the track.
And it got canceled after a 1:28 delay.
Tiamo didn’t even come out to clean up, the groundskeepers did.
153 Baseballs caught in 2013 (325 overall)
6 at this game
8 Balls Per Game Average
21 this season- Brett Krill, JR Murphy, Rob Segedin, Jesus Tiamo, Blaine Beatty, Kyle Hudson, Chris Petrini, Jordan Guth, Jeb Stefan, Greg Luzinski (2), Shane Brown, Jesse Biddle, David Buchanan, Kelly Dugan, Edgar Duran, Jay Johnson, Hector Neris, Seth Rosin, Juan Sosa, Casey Stevenson